Sow’s Ears to Silk Purses: Pitchblende as a Quantum Mineral

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 3:00pm

Speaker: Steven Conradson, NEqCST/Labrys Corporation  

Program Description

In 1898 the Curies discovered radium by separating one milligram from ten tons of pitchblende, which still contaminates Gif-sur-Yvette after they threw it away out the door of their lab. Now, after several years of similarly arduous work, we have found that charge inhomogeneities in UO2, from both O- and photo-doping, aggregate and self-organize into a Coherent Polaron Quantum Phase that has demonstrated a number of unique properties.

Sow’s Ears to Silk Purses: Pitchblende as a Quantum Mineral
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